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Graduate Program Handbook

The information on the following pages is intended to help graduate students in Physics at Rensselaer to have a successful, pleasant, and productive experience in the Department. For answers to questions not covered here, students may inquire of fellow graduate students, their advisors, the Chair of the Graduate Program Committee, the Chair of the Department, or the Dean of the Graduate School. In addition, students should be familiar with the relevant sections of the Graduate Bulletin and the Handbook for Students.

It should be noted that the Graduate Program Handbook and the Qualifying and Candidacy Examination Handbooks contain rules specific to the graduate program in Physics which do not appear anywhere else.

The graduate program in Physics at Rensselaer is embedded in a larger academic environment consisting of both graduate and undergraduate programs in many fields, mostly in the sciences and engineering, but including also management, architecture, the humanities and the social sciences. While the usual program of a graduate student is a highly specialized one compared to most undergraduate programs, substantial opportunities exist, both in principle and in practice, for students to undertake programs of study and research which span one or more fields, while remaining formally attached to the Physics Department.

These pages contain a digest of some of the Rules and Regulations of the Graduate School at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a statement of the particular requirements in the Department of Physics. It is our feeling that in graduate work, rules and regulations should play a minor role; but that some are nevertheless necessary and should be clearly understood by all concerned.

The Department of Physics offers programs in physics leading to the graduate degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The requirements for each of these degrees will be discussed.

Graduate Program Handbook

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